March 2016



23rd ANNUAL ALL BRITISH CLASSIC CAR SHOW

Contributing Editor: Fran Zeitz, franz@fraserzyachts.com

Photos Courtesy of John Morris, Vice President West Palm Beach

We had a beautiful day for our 23rd Annual All British Classic Car Show. Thank you from the Gold Coast British Sports Car Club to all of our members and friends who came out to Royal Palm Place in Boca Raton on Sunday, February 28. 2016. We had 165 attendees; and this year our honored marques were several series of Triumphs, the TR3, TR4, TR7 and TR8.

The TR3 is a sports car produced by Standard-Triumph in England from 1955 through 1962, first as the TR3 from 1955 through 1957, then the TR3A from 1957 through 1962 and the final version TR3B in 1962. The body style of the TR3 is two-door open roadster, a convertible hood that snaps on and off and removable side curtains. The engine is a 1991cc or 2138cc straight 4; in 1956 the front brakes were changed from drums to discs, thus the TR3 became the first British production car to be so fitted. The transmission is a four-speed manual overdrive with electrically triggered overdrive available as an option. Club member Brad Hanafourde bought his 1962 TR3A thirty-six years ago. Now with more than 200,000 miles, Brad’s TR3A has gone through a refit including a rebuilt engine, a TR4 transmission, green repaint and interior marine materials to protect against the rain. Brad is still driving his car about once a week but still occasionally gets caught in the rain!

The TR4 was introduced in 1961 by the Standard Triumph Motor Company, first as the TR4 from 1961-1965, then as the TR4A from 1965-1967. Some improvements from the TR3 to the TR4 included crank-up windows that replaced the less-convenient side curtains, an independent rear suspension, a slightly larger standard engine displacement and rack and pinion steering. Over 40,000 TRs were built.

The TR7 was built from 1974-1981 by the Triumph Motor Company, now a part of British Leyland, in the United Kingdom. Production began in the Speke, Liverpool factory, then moved to Canley, Coventry and finally to the Rover Solihull plant in 1980. The TR7 was launched in the United States in January 1975 and in the UK in May 1976. The car was characterized by its wedge-shape, commonly advertised as “The Shape of Things to Come” and by a swage line sweeping down the rear wing to just behind the front wheel, having been designed by Harris Mann.  The TR7 was powered by a 105 bhp, 1,998 cc eight-valve four-cylinder transmission. Club member Brad Baumgartner owns a 1980 TR7 which he purchased in 2011. It was a two-owner car with 31,000 miles, all original. After some needed restoration, Brad says his car is very reliable and comfortable. In fact, he drove it to Brits on the Bluff in Natchez, Mississippi, and he won the longest distance award, 2,300 miles roundtrip!

The last featured marque, the TR8 was produced from1978-1981, and was an eight-cylinder version of the “wedge-shaped” TR7, designed by Harris Mann and manufactured by British Leyland. Most of the TR8s were sold in the United States and Canada. The TR8 was fitted with a 135 bhp 3.5 L Rover V8 engine and twin Zenith-Stromberg carburetors. Other improvements over the TR7 included upgraded brakes, revised axle ratio, alloy wheels and leather steering wheel. Because of its outstanding performance, the TR8 was often dubbed the “English Corvette.”

Our Car Show was a great success. We had twenty-seven classes of British cars represented. In addition to the Triumphs, we had beautiful MGs, Austin Healeys, Minis, Jaguars, Lotuses, Land Rovers, Aston Martins, Rolls Royces and Bentleys, Daimlers and Morgans, a 1937 Alvis and even a Cobra replica! Scott the DJ Music Man provided great entertainment. Club Chairman Jim Archer, his wife Martha, Car Club Secretary Noel Weinstock and a helpful crew of volunteers manned our Regalia Table; they were very busy selling monogrammed Club items. Thanks to our many generous sponsors who took ads in our Car Show Brochure and donated some great items for our raffle prizes. Hayes Harris from Wire Wheels brought a Lotus 2 Eleven which they use to give charity rides, a 2015 Lotus Elise racer and a beautiful 1951 MG TD in Clipper Blue. The Creative Workshop displayed a 1967 Jaguar E-type 4.2 on which they completed a frame-off restoration. Adam Twinley from Treasure Coast Classics brought his 1965 Morris Minor Van and a big selection of Castrol products.

The day culminated in our Awards ceremony. Neil Safer, auctioneer, was our emcee and entertainer! Our awards this year were wall clocks engraved with our Car Club Logo and award designation. Car Show participants chose the winners by popular votes. Our classes and awards were based on the number of pre-registered registrants. In our honored marquee classes, these were the winners. In the TR3 Class, Tom Willhite won 1st place with his 1961 Red Triumph TR3A. In the TR4 Class, Scott McShane won 1st place with his 1968 Wedgewood Blue TR4A.   In fact, Scott was also the winner of a very special award, which was presented by and voted upon by the Creative Workshop.  The Spirit of Restoration award celebrates an individual who survived a non-professional restoration and persevered through all of the difficult, impossible and seemingly never ending issues. Jon Dega, General Manager of Creative Workshop, presented the award this year to Scott in honor of his 30-year restoration project.   He bought his 1968 TR3A when he was just nineteen years old, and his work is evident in his very beautiful automobile!   In the Triumph TR7/TR8 Class, the 1st place winner was Brad Baumgartner with his 1980 Blue TR7.

We had many other Gold Coast British Sports Car Club winners in several classes:

In the Historic Preservation class, Dan Lanier won 1st place with his 1933 MG J2. In the Class Austin Healey 3000, Steven Wides won 1st place with his 1967 3000 BJ8 and Paul Guzenski took 3rd place with his 1960 3000 MKI. We had two classes of Jaguar winners. In the Jaguar Early 1951-1979 Class, Tom Clark won 3rd place with his 1961 Jaguar XK 150 3.8; and in the Jaguar Late 1980 – present Class, Christopher Karentz won 2nd place with his 1993 Jaguar XJS and Rick Hartwell won 3rd place with his 1986 Jaguar XJSC. In the Lotus Late 1990-present Class, David and Fran Zeitz won 1st place with their 2010 Lotus Evora and Frank Sanchez won 2nd place with his 2001 Esprit.   We had several MG Class winners. In the MGB Early 1964-1974.5 Class, Barry Nathanson with his 1970 MGB and Jim Proia with his 1966 MGB tied for second place.   In the MGB Late 1975-1980 Class, Pat and Diane Grassick won 1st place with their 1978 MGB. In the MG Other Class, Tony Flamino won 1st place with his 1967 MGB GT. In the MG T Series Class, John Korman won 3rd place with his 1952 MG TD. And, in the MG TF Class, we had three Club winners. Steve and Lynn Bamdas won 1st place with their 1955 MG TF1500, Tim Moylan won 2nd place with his 1955 MG TF1500, and Ian Gail won 3rd place with his 1955 MG TF1500. In the Mini Early 1959-2000 Class, David Barrow won 1st place with his 1965 Austin Mini and Tony Blevins won 2nd place with his 1969 Mini Cooper S. In the Mini Late 2001-present Class, Mike and Mary Rose won 1st place with their 2009 Mini Cooper S. Our Club members dominated the Triumph TR6 Classes. In the TR6 Early 1968-1973, Matthew Scherr won 1st place with his 1971 TR6, Jay Schradel won 2nd place with his 1971 TR6 and Ed Morat won 3rd place with his 1973 TR6. In the TR6 1974 Class, Nivardo Mora won 1st place, Tom Heller won 2nd place and Joseph Fried won 3rd place. And in the TR6 Late 1975-1976 Class, John Cookish took 1st place with his 1976 TR6. We had two classes of Other British. In the Other British Early 1951-1979 Class, Skip Waldman won 1st place with his 1961 Rolls Royce Silver Cloud II, tied for 2nd place were David Reeve with his 1960 Daimler SP250, Tony Blevins with his 1957 Austin Healey 10-6 and Gilbert Stegen with his 1967 Morgan Plus 4 DHC. In the Other British Late 1980-present Class, Bill Engel won 1st place with his 2007 Aston Martin Vantage and Keith Parker won 3rd place with his 1984 Aston Martin Lagonda. In the Historic Preservation Class, Dan Lanier won 1st place with his 1933 Red MG J2. The Prestige Class included all first place winners from last year, and the winners this year were 1st place to Bill Gearhart and his 1959 Daimler SP250, 2nd place to George Hervert and his 1961 Jaguar XKE and 3rd place to Ed Buchbinder and his 1967 Austin Healey 3000 BJ8!

And a special Best of Show award was presented for the second year in a row to Colin Gilbert with his beautiful 1935 Rolls Royce 20/25. Congratulations to all of these winners and everyone else, too numerous to mention! For the complete list, please visit us on Facebook.

One more note of congratulations goes out to Rick Hartwell for winning the 50/50 raffle!   And thank you to Royal Palm Place for your hospitality; Royal Palm Place is a great location with unique restaurants serving international cuisine and a variety of shopping including boutiques, art galleries and specialty shops. The parking lot where are car show is held is set amidst flowering gardens and fountains!   A big thank you also goes out to all of our sponsors and vendors that supported our Club with their ads, goody bag items and raffle prizes.   Under the direction of Car Show Chairman, Brian Jenkins, and Co-Chairman Ed Morat, we had a dedicated group of volunteers who worked tirelessly before, during and after the Car Show. Thanks, Brian, for your hard work and leadership that continues to make the Club’s Annual Car Show a success each year!   And, of course thanks to all of our attendees that showed up with their spectacular British autos and supported our Club!

Upcoming events of the Gold Coast British Sports Car Club:

On April 16th, our Club dinner will be held at 6:00 pm at The Blue Anchor Pub in Delray Beach. In May, our Club event will be held in the Miami area; and in June, we will meet in the Broward area. Our Board Members are in the process of planning our annual membership dinner to be held in September. Please visit our website: www.goldcoastbritcar.com for upcoming details on these events and to learn more about the Club. In the meantime, it’s wonderful weather for driving, so happy motoring!

 

 

 

February 2016



BEGINS A NEW YEAR

Contributing Editor: Fran Zeitz, franz@fraserzyachts.com

Photos Courtesy of John Morris, Vice President West Palm Beach

What a great way to begin the year 2016 with our Annual Hangover Run! Members of the Gold Coast British Sports Car Club came out on a beautiful New Year’s Day for our first event – breakfast at the Dune Deck Café in Lantana, Florida. Dining on the covered deck of the restaurant and overlooking the picturesque view of the Atlantic Ocean, we enjoyed great food and great company. The Dune Deck is a favorite destination for the Club, as witnessed by the large turnout. More than seventy participants including members of the Club joined by friends and several members of the Miata Club occupied a good portion of the restaurant. The Dune Deck Café was started in 1991 by three brothers-in law – John Caruso, John Calomaris and Costa Panais. With the help of Costa’s Dad who was a chef for the Royal Greek Restaurant for over twenty years, they have established a popular restaurant business.   They are open everyday for breakfast and lunch and specialize in great food with a great view! Their location always brings new clientele, as well as many repeat customers, such as the Club; and we always get a friendly greeting from one of the brothers!   After breakfast, many of us chose to linger in the parking lot outside of the restaurant. We admired Triumphs, MGs, Jaguars, Lotuses, and more, new cars and older models, each with owners and stories to tell! We may have started the morning a little tired after New Years’ Eve festivities, but we left the Dune Deck very exhilarated and ready for another great event!

We met Club Members and friends Michael Carter and Murray Bruskin who met last year at a car show when they discovered that they owned 1974 Primrose Yellow TR6s! Exactly alike on the outside, but each car in its own state of renovation and restoration under the hood! Michael bought his TR6 about fifteen years ago and he lives in Connecticut in the summer. Whereas, Murray is a part-time resident of Illinois and he became a member of the Club six years ago. We also met Barney Gaylord formerly from Naperville, Illinois. Barney and his son Elliott started a journey on May 5, 2014 traveling the country in their 1958 MGA towing a small car trailer and visiting as many MG Clubs as they can. Barney stated that he started this journey after he officially retired; he sold his home; and he took to the road in a leisurely fashion. He remains a member of the Chicagoland MG Club and he maintains a website: MGAguru.com. MG owners and Clubs can contact him via his website and he will gladly make a visit as his intention is to visit as many clubs as he can throughout the entire country! He is a hands-on guy with a wealth of knowledge about MGs. He repairs his own MGA and will help others as well. This remarkable little car is still going strong with over three hundred thousand miles; his love for his car is evident. And its travelers, Barney and Elliott, are also still going strong! Have a safe and adventurous trip, and we hope to see you in our area again!

Please enjoy this article from Gold Coast British Sports Car Club Member and Club Vice President of Miami Dade, Ed Morat, about his love of British cars:

“I remember my first Love, when I first saw her she was beautiful with these big wonderful eyes and what I thought was quite a nice figure. I assure you these were not the overwrought hormones of a 60’s teenager; it was love at first sight. She was a 1960 Bug Eye Sprite; the icing on the cake was she was driven by an equally lovely young lady. After the formal introduction to the young lady I was introduced to the Bug Eye. She was a street version ‘G’ production Sebring race car, designed by the young lady’s father who was the current race marshal at the Sebring race in Sebring Florida. The car had a mild cam with Webber carburetors, tuned headers and exhaust, oversized Pirellis on wire wheels. When the ignition caught, I was convinced this was true love, the rumble of the exhaust and the drone of the RPM’s when the throttle was pushed to the max, exciting to say the least. I had the privilege of driving this car off and on for two weeks when my new found love returned to her home in ‘Howie in the Hills’ FL.

I never forgot my first introduction to British Sports Cars and to this day the Love continues. I have owned a 1965 Spitfire which I drove for several years when I lived in Spain and shipped her home to be driven for several more glorious years. And today I am the proud original owner of a 1973 TR6. My wife and I thoroughly enjoy the thrill of the drive and the music of exhaust notes on our road trips with the Gold Coast British Sports Car Club.”

On a more somber note, the Gold Coast British Sports Car Club wishes to announce the passing of member Jim Schradel on February 3, 2016. Jim was born in Saginaw, Michigan, but was a Florida resident for more than fifty years. He taught business education for thirty-nine years at Dillard High School in Fort Lauderdale. He had a long-time love of British cars, his first one being an Austin Healey. He and his son Jay enjoyed restoring Triumphs. Jim bought his 1957 Red TR3 about sixteen years ago, and it is still a work in progress. However, about six years ago, he and his son began restoration of a 1971 Red TR6. When completed, that car was a winner! Jim loved going to Car Shows; and he won first place in his class at the Annual All British Winter Park Car Show and also first place at our Club’s Annual All British Car Show. Jim was also the proud grandfather of two granddaughters 4 year-old Jacey and 8 year-old Morgan. In fact, Morgan is also fond of British cars and enjoys going to car shows with her Dad Jay. Jim was a member of the Club for eleven years; his enthusiasm, love and dedication to his family will be missed.

Upcoming events of The Gold Coast British Sports Car Club include:

Our 23rd Annual All British Classic Car Show will be held on February 28, 2016 at Royal Palm Place in Boca Raton, Florida. Our honored marques will be the TR3, TR4, TR7 and TR8! Royal Palm Place is an excellent spot for our Car Show, lots of space, great restaurants and shopping, as well as all the British cars! We will have our Memorabilia Table, vendor spaces, entertainment and of course our Awards Presentation! All owners of British Cars are invited! And on March 19th, we will meet starting at 11:00 am at Treetops Park, Davie, Florida, in the Sabal Palm Shelter for our annual spring picnic. Please respond to the Club email to let us know if you are bringing a salad, side dish or dessert, as the Club will provide all of the barbecue foods. Then, on April 16th, our Club dinner will be held at 6:00 pm back at The Blue Anchor Pub in Delray Beach.

For more information on these events and even more upcoming events and Car Club news, please visit our website: www.goldcoastbritcar.com. It’s winter in Florida and the weather is great for driving, so happy motoring!

December 2015



A MONTH OF GREAT EVENTS

Contributing Editor: Fran Zeitz, franz@fraserzyachts.com

Photos Courtesy of John Morris, Vice President West Palm Beach

The Gold Coast British Sports Car Club held two Club events in the month of October. On Saturday, October 10th, there was a Tech Session at Club member, Adam Twinley’s garage, Treasure Coast Classics in Stuart, Florida. Some of Adam’s customers joined Club members. The subject was brake adjustment and shoe replacement and the demonstration was performed on Adam’s Morris Minor van. The session was interesting and easy to understand and Adam was thorough in his explanations and took time to answer questions. After the session, the participants were treated to a delicious British-style lunch, including cucumber sandwiches, sausage rolls and some tasty treats prepared by Adam’s wife, MJ, who used to be in the hospitality business.   Treasure Coast Classics is a clean, neat and organized shop, specializing in vintage and classic European cars, especially British. Adam provides services including repairs, maintenance, upgrades and restoration with a commitment to quality and value. In fact, a few of our Club members who attended the tech session stated that they would be confident in having Adam work on their British cars and would recommend his garage to other customers.

Our second event was held on Saturday, October 17th, in Miami Springs, first for lunch then for a tour of the Glenn Curtiss Mansion. Ed Morat, Club Vice President Dade County, organized this event for the Club, and he invited reporter Krista Schubert of the River Cities Gazette. The River Cities Gazette is a local newspaper that serves Miami Springs and surrounding areas.   Following is the article that was published in the River Cities Gazette in the October 29, 2015 issue, written by Krista Schubert, Gazette Writer:

“Car Club rides into Miami Springs

The Gold Coast British Car Club rolled up to Crackers Casual Dining promptly at 11 a.m. on the 17th of October to socialize over an early lunch, which was followed by an informative tour of the Curtiss Mansion.

The group of car enthusiasts showed up in style with their vintage British vehicles taking up a good portion of the parking lot outside the local eatery that sunny Saturday morning. 24 members in total packed into the restaurant’s outdoor patio area to enjoy each other’s company over some savory southern style soul food.

With 212 members coming primarily from Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach counties, it’s surprising how close the members of the club have become, developing a close comradery through the common bond of the cars. However, according to Bob Murphy, a member of the club for 18 years now, it’s not so much about the cars, but rather the people. The fellowship was unmistakable as the crowd of South Florida car aficionados chatted and laughed together at lunch.

Founded in 1987, the club was started to bring together British car enthusiasts so they could enjoy each other’s company as well as sponsor or participate in British sports car events. For instance, the all British classic car show which will be held on February 28th, 2016, at the Wall Palm Plaza in Boca Raton. They expect over 200 vintage cars, dating back to the early 1930s, to be showcased.

Members are required to pay $30 a year but this fee covers the cost of social events and meetings, as well as permanent nametags used at club gatherings, a specialized key fob, and an annual subscription to the British Marque, a tabloid newspaper features the Gold Coast club as well other British car clubs throughout Canada and the United States.

Around 1 p.m. the car crew made its way over to the recently restored Curtiss Mansion, which was put on the National Register of Historic places in 2001. There, they received an educational tour of the site by Executive Director of the mansion, JoEllen Phillips.

Phillips spoke of the rich history of the mansion and how its founder Glenn Curtiss – aviation pioneer, land developer and all-around innovator – was an unsung hero. She made the tour appealing to the car buffs by speaking about Curtiss’s love of motor vehicles. “He wanted two things,” she said “Number one: he wanted to go fast, and number 2: he wanted to do it effectively and efficiently.” That’s why he built a V8 engine for his motorcycle and in 1907 he reached speeds of up to 136.6 mph, earning him the title of “the fastest man in the world” at the time.

It was obvious that the group was intrigued by all of the stories of that Phillips was telling about the past. Many of them posed questions that she was able to answer swiftly and energetically. “I’m just fascinated with all of it,” said Gold Coast member Jan Morat midway through the tour.

Her husband Ed Morat, the Vice President of the Miami-Dade chapter, grew up in Miami Springs and planned the whole outing to be held in his hometown. He wanted to bring people in to show them how beautiful the city is and to give recognition to the group of people that put in so much effort to get the mansion restored. “I think that everybody in Miami Springs should take it upon themselves to somehow or another support the mansion in any way that they possibly can,” said Morat. “This was my way of showing respect to this group and to the city of Miami Springs for what it represents.”

Thanks, Ed, for organizing a great event!

The Gold Coast British Sports Car Club was invited to participate in the second annual Wings and Wheels at the North Perry Airport in Pembroke Pines, Florida. This event was held on Saturday, November 7th , and included a classic car show, an aircraft static display, entertainment and kids zone. Among over 100 cars, our Club was represented by Gery Cardamone and his 1969 Primrose Yellow MGB, Rui Almeida and his 1964 Green Jaguar XKE FHC, Dan Shayler and his 1980 MGB Automatic and David Zeitz and his 2010 British Racing Green Lotus Evora; and Keith Parker came with his neighbor and his Lotus Esprit.   Whether you came for the classic and vintage cars or planes, the airplane or helicopter rides, the many vendors that provided pilot-related information or the entertainment, the venue and comraderie were great!

As an added feature, we invite Gold Coast British Sports Car Club Members to provide stories about their British cars. If you are interested, please submit to: franz@fraserzyachts.com or the Club website: goldcoastbritcar@juno.com.

Please enjoy this story that was submitted by Car Club member, George Martin:

My First British Sports Car”

“One Saturday morning, long, long ago, far, far away, I jumped out of bed and glanced out the window. It was a beautiful spring morning but I wasn’t looking at the birds and the bees.   There was a black Triumph Spitfire sitting in my dad’s parking lot. Not knowing anyone with a Spitfire and just weeks from high school graduation I thought my parents had bought me a car. And like a child who dreamt of Christmas only to awaken and discover it’s not Christmas…that dream wasn’t true either. The car belonged to one of my brother’s friends who was visiting him downstairs.

Life went on for me. College, marriage, kids, military life, living all over the world, a little British car wasn’t in my wheelhouse. But I never stopped thinking about owning one. Then I moved to South Florida in the summer of 2002. After getting settled into our new home, my life started to settle down. That’s when I decided it was time to buy that British sports car I had been thinking about for most of my life. One Friday night, I was surfing the Internet looking for a car when I discovered the Gold Coast British Sports Car Club website. They were having a get together at a fast food restaurant near my home the very next evening. So…I printed out the membership application form, wrote a check out for the annual dues, and told my wife we were going to the Steak n Shake the next evening.

The following evening I arrived to find some couples sitting at a table having dinner.   They were the Bob’s…Murphy and Ziegler…. who were officers in the club. After introductions, I gave them my completed application and a check for the annual dues. The fact that I had completed an application and wrote a check surprised them a little but they didn’t show it. They reviewed the application and asked the question, “What kind of car do you have?” To which I responded, “Do you have to have a car to join the club?” “Ah.. No. You can join the club without a car.” So with that I joined the club. I went to meetings and sat in other member’s car, which helped me determine what I wanted.

Just a few months after joining the club, I became the proud owner of a 1965 Austin Healey 3000. I drive it around town and to all the club events. Every time I walk into my garage, I see that classy little car and think back to that day in the 60’s.   Christmas came. I only had to wait 40 years.”

Upcoming Gold Coast British Sports Car Club events include:

For our last Club event of the year, don’t forget our annual Holiday Party on Sunday, December 12th, to be held at the home of Club members Maureen and Howard Daffner. Please bring a dish to share and a gift for our gift exchange. And to start the New Year, our January events are: January 1st, 2016, we will meet at the Dune Deck Café, Lantana, for breakfast for our Annual Hangover Run; and on Saturday, January 16th, we will hold our club dinner at The Blue Anchor Pub in Delray Beach. Our February events are: Saturday, February 6th, we will hold our Miami event at the Miami Zoo; and on Sunday, February 21st, join us for brunch at The Seminole Inn in Indiantown. Then, save the date for Sunday, February 28th, when we will hold our 23rd Annual All British Classic Car Show at Royal Palm Place in Boca Raton, Florida. Our honored marques will be the TR3, TR4, TR7 and TR8! Please consider an ad in our beautiful Car Show Journal. And on March 19th, we will again meet at Treetops Park for our annual spring picnic.

For more information on these events and even more upcoming events and Car Club news, please visit our website: www.goldcoastbritcar.com. Wishing you and your families a safe and Very Happy Holiday Season!

 

 

 

October 2015



23rd ANNUAL ALL BRITISH CLASSIC CAR SHOW

Contributing Editor: Fran Zeitz, franz@fraserzyachts.com

Photos Courtesy of John Morris, Vice President West Palm Beach

We had a beautiful day for our 23rd Annual All British Classic Car Show. Thank you from the Gold Coast British Sports Car Club to all of our members and friends who came out to Royal Palm Place in Boca Raton on Sunday, February 28. 2016. We had 165 attendees; and this year our honored marques were several series of Triumphs, the TR3, TR4, TR7 and TR8.

The TR3 is a sports car produced by Standard-Triumph in England from 1955 through 1962, first as the TR3 from 1955 through 1957, then the TR3A from 1957 through 1962 and the final version TR3B in 1962. The body style of the TR3 is two-door open roadster, a convertible hood that snaps on and off and removable side curtains. The engine is a 1991cc or 2138cc straight 4; in 1956 the front brakes were changed from drums to discs, thus the TR3 became the first British production car to be so fitted. The transmission is a four-speed manual overdrive with electrically triggered overdrive available as an option. Club member Brad Hanafourde bought his 1962 TR3A thirty-six years ago. Now with more than 200,000 miles, Brad’s TR3A has gone through a refit including a rebuilt engine, a TR4 transmission, green repaint and interior marine materials to protect against the rain. Brad is still driving his car about once a week but still occasionally gets caught in the rain!

The TR4 was introduced in 1961 by the Standard Triumph Motor Company, first as the TR4 from 1961-1965, then as the TR4A from 1965-1967. Some improvements from the TR3 to the TR4 included crank-up windows that replaced the less-convenient side curtains, an independent rear suspension, a slightly larger standard engine displacement and rack and pinion steering. Over 40,000 TRs were built.

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The TR7 was built from 1974-1981 by the Triumph Motor Company, now a part of British Leyland, in the United Kingdom. Production began in the Speke, Liverpool factory, then moved to Canley, Coventry and finally to the Rover Solihull plant in 1980. The TR7 was launched in the United States in January 1975 and in the UK in May 1976. The car was characterized by its wedge-shape, commonly advertised as “The Shape of Things to Come” and by a swage line sweeping down the rear wing to just behind the front wheel, having been designed by Harris Mann.  The TR7 was powered by a 105 bhp, 1,998 cc eight-valve four-cylinder transmission. Club member Brad Baumgartner owns a 1980 TR7 which he purchased in 2011. It was a two-owner car with 31,000 miles, all original. After some needed restoration, Brad says his car is very reliable and comfortable. In fact, he drove it to Brits on the Bluff in Natchez, Mississippi, and he won the longest distance award, 2,300 miles roundtrip!

The last featured marque, the TR8 was produced from1978-1981, and was an eight-cylinder version of the “wedge-shaped” TR7, designed by Harris Mann and manufactured by British Leyland. Most of the TR8s were sold in the United States and Canada. The TR8 was fitted with a 135 bhp 3.5 L Rover V8 engine and twin Zenith-Stromberg carburetors. Other improvements over the TR7 included upgraded brakes, revised axle ratio, alloy wheels and leather steering wheel. Because of its outstanding performance, the TR8 was often dubbed the “English Corvette.”

Our Car Show was a great success. We had twenty-seven classes of British cars represented. In addition to the Triumphs, we had beautiful MGs, Austin Healeys, Minis, Jaguars, Lotuses, Land Rovers, Aston Martins, Rolls Royces and Bentleys, Daimlers and Morgans, a 1937 Alvis and even a Cobra replica! Scott the DJ Music Man provided great entertainment. Club Chairman Jim Archer, his wife Martha, Car Club Secretary Noel Weinstock and a helpful crew of volunteers manned our Regalia Table; they were very busy selling monogrammed Club items. Thanks to our many generous sponsors who took ads in our Car Show Brochure and donated some great items for our raffle prizes. Hayes Harris from Wire Wheels brought a Lotus 2 Eleven which they use to give charity rides, a 2015 Lotus Elise racer and a beautiful 1951 MG TD in Clipper Blue. The Creative Workshop displayed a 1967 Jaguar E-type 4.2 on which they completed a frame-off restoration. Adam Twinley from Treasure Coast Classics brought his 1965 Morris Minor Van and a big selection of Castrol products.

The day culminated in our Awards ceremony. Neil Safer, auctioneer, was our emcee and entertainer! Our awards this year were wall clocks engraved with our Car Club Logo and award designation. Car Show participants chose the winners by popular votes. Our classes and awards were based on the number of pre-registered registrants. In our honored marquee classes, these were the winners. In the TR3 Class, Tom Willhite won 1st place with his 1961 Red Triumph TR3A. In the TR4 Class, Scott McShane won 1st place with his 1968 Wedgewood Blue TR4A.   In fact, Scott was also the winner of a very special award, which was presented by and voted upon by the Creative Workshop.  The Spirit of Restoration award celebrates an individual who survived a non-professional restoration and persevered through all of the difficult, impossible and seemingly never ending issues. Jon Dega, General Manager of Creative Workshop, presented the award this year to Scott in honor of his 30-year restoration project.   He bought his 1968 TR3A when he was just nineteen years old, and his work is evident in his very beautiful automobile!   In the Triumph TR7/TR8 Class, the 1st place winner was Brad Baumgartner with his 1980 Blue TR7.

We had many other Gold Coast British Sports Car Club winners in several classes:

In the Historic Preservation class, Dan Lanier won 1st place with his 1933 MG J2. In the Class Austin Healey 3000, Steven Wides won 1st place with his 1967 3000 BJ8 and Paul Guzenski took 3rd place with his 1960 3000 MKI. We had two classes of Jaguar winners. In the Jaguar Early 1951-1979 Class, Tom Clark won 3rd place with his 1961 Jaguar XK 150 3.8; and in the Jaguar Late 1980 – present Class, Christopher Karentz won 2nd place with his 1993 Jaguar XJS and Rick Hartwell won 3rd place with his 1986 Jaguar XJSC. In the Lotus Late 1990-present Class, David and Fran Zeitz won 1st place with their 2010 Lotus Evora and Frank Sanchez won 2nd place with his 2001 Esprit.   We had several MG Class winners. In the MGB Early 1964-1974.5 Class, Barry Nathanson with his 1970 MGB and Jim Proia with his 1966 MGB tied for second place.   In the MGB Late 1975-1980 Class, Pat and Diane Grassick won 1st place with their 1978 MGB. In the MG Other Class, Tony Flamino won 1st place with his 1967 MGB GT. In the MG T Series Class, John Korman won 3rd place with his 1952 MG TD. And, in the MG TF Class, we had three Club winners. Steve and Lynn Bamdas won 1st place with their 1955 MG TF1500, Tim Moylan won 2nd place with his 1955 MG TF1500, and Ian Gail won 3rd place with his 1955 MG TF1500. In the Mini Early 1959-2000 Class, David Barrow won 1st place with his 1965 Austin Mini and Tony Blevins won 2nd place with his 1969 Mini Cooper S. In the Mini Late 2001-present Class, Mike and Mary Rose won 1st place with their 2009 Mini Cooper S. Our Club members dominated the Triumph TR6 Classes. In the TR6 Early 1968-1973, Matthew Scherr won 1st place with his 1971 TR6, Jay Schradel won 2nd place with his 1971 TR6 and Ed Morat won 3rd place with his 1973 TR6. In the TR6 1974 Class, Nivardo Mora won 1st place, Tom Heller won 2nd place and Joseph Fried won 3rd place. And in the TR6 Late 1975-1976 Class, John Cookish took 1st place with his 1976 TR6. We had two classes of Other British. In the Other British Early 1951-1979 Class, Skip Waldman won 1st place with his 1961 Rolls Royce Silver Cloud II, tied for 2nd place were David Reeve with his 1960 Daimler SP250, Tony Blevins with his 1957 Austin Healey 10-6 and Gilbert Stegen with his 1967 Morgan Plus 4 DHC. In the Other British Late 1980-present Class, Bill Engel won 1st place with his 2007 Aston Martin Vantage and Keith Parker won 3rd place with his 1984 Aston Martin Lagonda. In the Historic Preservation Class, Dan Lanier won 1st place with his 1933 Red MG J2. The Prestige Class included all first place winners from last year, and the winners this year were 1st place to Bill Gearhart and his 1959 Daimler SP250, 2nd place to George Hervert and his 1961 Jaguar XKE and 3rd place to Ed Buchbinder and his 1967 Austin Healey 3000 BJ8!

And a special Best of Show award was presented for the second year in a row to Colin Gilbert with his beautiful 1935 Rolls Royce 20/25. Congratulations to all of these winners and everyone else, too numerous to mention! For the complete list, please visit us on Facebook.

One more note of congratulations goes out to Rick Hartwell for winning the 50/50 raffle!   And thank you to Royal Palm Place for your hospitality; Royal Palm Place is a great location with unique restaurants serving international cuisine and a variety of shopping including boutiques, art galleries and specialty shops. The parking lot where are car show is held is set amidst flowering gardens and fountains!   A big thank you also goes out to all of our sponsors and vendors that supported our Club with their ads, goody bag items and raffle prizes.   Under the direction of Car Show Chairman, Brian Jenkins, and Co-Chairman Ed Morat, we had a dedicated group of volunteers who worked tirelessly before, during and after the Car Show. Thanks, Brian, for your hard work and leadership that continues to make the Club’s Annual Car Show a success each year!   And, of course thanks to all of our attendees that showed up with their spectacular British autos and supported our Club!

Upcoming events of the Gold Coast British Sports Car Club:

On April 16th, our Club dinner will be held at 6:00 pm at The Blue Anchor Pub in Delray Beach. In May, our Club event will be held in the Miami area; and in June, we will meet in the Broward area. Our Board Members are in the process of planning our annual membership dinner to be held in September. Please visit our website: www.goldcoastbritcar.com for upcoming details on these events and to learn more about the Club. In the meantime, it’s wonderful weather for driving, so happy motoring!

 

 

 

Sept 2015



AUGUST EVENTS

Contributing Editor: Fran Zeitz, franz@fraserzyachts.com

The Gold Coast British Sports Car Club was invited to attend a car show August 16th at Homestead Miami Speedway. We were represented by our Club Vice President of Dade County, Ed Morat and his wife Jan. The event was organized by Oscar Castro and the proceeds from the car show were donated to various local charities. Trophies and snacks were donated and the event was run by volunteers. The Car Show was held right behind the pit inside the track and allowed participants a good vantage point to watch Civics, Corvettes, Porches and Ferraries to name a few race around the track. There was a good variety of autos represented at the Car Show from a classic 1943 DeSoto to a very valuable 2000 Toyota GT. Ed brought his beautiful 1973 Carmen-color TR6 convertible. The day ended with car show participants making laps around the Homestead track. Ed had the opportunity to make two victory laps. Ed and Jan reported a great day!

Another member and Triumph owner is Brad Hanafourde and his wife Lucy. Brad owns a 1963 TR3A and is a long-time member of the Gold Coast British Sport Car Club, since 1989. He has also been involved for many years with Camelot Days Medieval Festival held at TY Park In Hollywood, Florida. He has invited the Club to their next event on November 14th-15th and 21st-22nd. The park is transformed into a kingdom of the past complete with knights, jesters, musicians, artisans and hearty food and drink. Please enjoy the following story that Brad submitted:

“My Triumphs”

“I bought my first Triumph (a 61 TR-3) when I graduated from the U in August of 1964. I bought it from Carl Kish’s used car lot on N.W. 36 ST for $1300. It lasted a month. I totaled it when somebody turned left in front of me when I was doing 80 mph. I was coming home from a date at about 2 AM and seeing how fast I could go. For those of you who weren’t around then the designated driver was the person who owned the car. Luckily the only injury was my split lip. However the cop thought a rib was broken and took me to South Miami Hospital instead of making me take a breath test.

As soon as I got the insurance money I was back at Carl Kish’s. This time it was a 1962 TR-3A for $1500. If I had $100 more it would have been an Austin Healy 100-4. The original color was light blue but it had been repainted black. As I remember it had about 13,000 miles on it. This was the only car Lucy and I had until I came back from Nam and went to law school. One summer Lucy and I drove the TR to her house in Long Island, New York. Never again, it was hot, wind blown and a pain to stop anywhere since you can’t lock the car. You had to park where you could see the car. To make sure nobody took one of the zip lock Baggies our clothes were in, as there was room for only 2 tiny suitcases.

I graduated from law school in 1971. Lucy demanded a more practical car than the TR, so we bought a 1948 Bentley James Young Hard Top Coupe. Suicide doors and the gear shift next to the driver’s side door. Meanwhile the TR kept right on trucking. A rebuilt engine, TR-4 transmission, metallic blue paint then Ford Truck Green which it is now, side curtains disappear, interior redone with marine materials so rain won’t hurt. I have been rained on many a time both before and after side curtains disappeared. During the summer the side curtains made you as wet from sweat as from rain. Besides putting the top up is a big pain. Anyway go 50 mph and rain blows over your head.

My mechanic told me to stop driving the TR every day in the year 2000. (I think Lucy put him up to that). So after 36 years and 200,000 miles the TR has become a once a week or so ride. I still get caught in the rain now and then though.”

Thanks, Brad, for sharing your story!

The 35th Annual Lotus LOG was held August 21st thru 24th in Colorado Springs, Colorado hosted by Lotus Colorado. This event drew only a few Florida participants, however gathered there were about 120 Lotuses and over 200 Lotus lovers! The traditional panoramic photo was taken at the Garden of the Gods Club with the magnificent backdrop of Pike’s Peak. But the highlight of the trip was the drive up to Pike’s Peak. It was lead by Clive Chapman, who was instrumental in the formation of Classic Team Lotus, and William Taylor from the Lotus Club of Denver. It was an exciting 19-mile drive with 162 turns and an elevation of 6,300 feet! Speakers for the event included Bobby Unser, who shared his experiences about his award-winning Lotus races up Pike’s Peak. In 1964, he set the record in a Lotus Type 23 that has never been broken! The host hotel Marriott was overtaken with Lotus pictures and memorabilia everywhere. According to Lotus Ltd. Club Treasurer, Cora Gregorie, this was one of the best LOGS ever!

On September 6th, the Gold Coast British Sports Car Club was invited by Palm Beach Cars & Coffee to celebrate their second anniversary and to attend their Car Show at Palm Beach Outlets in West Palm Beach, Florida. Hundreds of cars attended including a few British models, like the Lotus Exige S-240 owned by Chuck Barnum and a 1958 Jaguar XK150 beautifully restored by Investment Carz. There were several Aston Martins brought by sponsor Jaguar Aston Martin of Palm Beach. The event theme was Supercars vs. Muscle Cars; and there were many race cars represented: Cobras from Backdraft Racing; Indian and Victory bikes from Coral Motorsports; Rossions which are high-powered, sleek race cars custom-built close by in Riviera Beach; Palm Beach International Raceway and Breathless Performance Pro Racing Team. Well attended by spectators and participants alike and a great way to start off Labor Day!

Upcoming events of the Gold Coast British Sports Car Club:

On Saturday, October 10th, we will hold a tech session presented by Club Member, Adam Twinley at his garage, Treasure Coast Classics in Stuart, Florida. The Club will provide lunch.   And on Saturday, October 17th, we will meet for lunch at Crackers in Miami Springs and then go on to tour the Curtiss Mansion and Gardens. Glenn H. Curtiss is considered “The Architect of Aviation” and is credited with 400 patents.  The Curtiss Mansion is on the National Register of Historic Places.

On November 7th, the Club is invited to Wings and Wheels at the North Perry Airport, featuring an aircraft static display, classic car show, kids zone and entertainment.   And, on November 21st, we will hold our Broward dinner; details to be announced.

The Club is planning a weekend getaway on December 4th thru the 6th to Lime Tree Bay Resort, Long Key, Florida. Club Members are entitled to a discount of 15%.   This will be a terrific weekend of activities! And on Sunday, December 12th, we will hold our annual Holiday Party. Maureen and Howard Daffner have again graciously offered their home. We will have a gift exchange and participants are asked to bring a dish to share.

Looking ahead to 2016, save the following dates. On January 1st, we will meet at the Dune Deck Café for breakfast for our annual Hangover Run. On Sunday, February 28th, we will hold our 23rd Annual All British Classic Car Show at Royal Palm Place in Boca Raton, Florida. Our honored marques will be the TR3, TR4, TR7 and TR8! And on March 19th, we will again meet at Treetops Park for our annual spring picnic.

For more information on these events and even more upcoming events and Car Club news, please visit our website: www.goldcoastbritcar.com.   See you soon!

 

 

 

August 2015



SUMMER IN SOUTH FLORIDA

Contributing Editor: Fran Zeitz, franz@fraserzyachts.com

The Gold Coast British Sports Car Club continues to hold our monthly events throughout the summer months and all members and friends are invited to attend. On Saturday, July 18th, we met for brunch at the Miccosukee Gaming Casino in Miami, Florida. All members traveling from the north could meet at Café 27 and we caravanned together to the restaurant.   The Empeeke Aaweeke offers a popular affordable international buffet with many choices and delicious food. Located in the Miccosukee Gaming Casino and Resort, the restaurant has a relaxed atmosphere and a great view of the Florida Everglades. We met Club member John Hess who is employed as a policeman for the Miccosukee tribe and was on duty this morning and joined us for breakfast. He has been doing a lot of work to convert his TR7 into a TR8. John also gave us a little insight into the Miccosukee tribe, a relatively small tribe of about 600 people, whose reservations are located in the vicinity north and south of the casino. The southern reservation operates airboat rides and a museum which chronicles their history and their deep connection to the Florida Everglades. The Miccosukees are also involved in sporting events and racing. Their successful Resort and Casino offered a great venue for a relaxing brunch and a great view of the Florida Everglades, and most importantly members of the Club had an enjoyable morning!

 

On Saturday, August 8th the Club went to dinner at The Field Irish Pub in Dania Beach, Florida.   The Field started out as a cottage and the original chimneystack and fireplace remain, as does a huge old banyan tree at the entrance. It’s a cozy restaurant with three separate dining rooms and lots of wood décor. There is great live entertainment in the bar area for anyone who wants a later evening. Our group of forty-seven members enjoyed homemade Irish fare and ales as well as a classic American menu while catching up on Club news and family events with old and new friends! Jim Archer, Memorabilia Chairman was on hand to promote logo items, especially our new cotton–blend button-down shirts in white with a great Club Logo on the back of the shirt and available in women’s and men’s sizes. If you’re interested in the shirts or any other items such as caps and tee shirts, contact Jim and he will be happy to help!   After dinner, we continued our conversations in the parking lot. However, we only had the opportunity to view a few British cars, since the weather was quite rainy and not ideal for driving most of our British sports cars. But we did have a great time and look forward to the next event!

The Gold Coast British Sports Car Club was invited to a Father’s Day Car Show at The Barnacle State Historic Park in Coconut Grove, Florida. The house was built in 1891 by Ralph Middleton Monroe and it is situated on beautiful Biscayne Bay. Monroe was an influential pioneer, a sailor, a naturalist and a photographer. Set on 18 foot pilings, The Barnacle is the oldest house in Miami-Dade County still standing in its original location.   The park is preserved pretty much as it was in Monroe’s day and was a beautiful venue for the Car Show. Members Melanie Hale and Bob Murphy and Ed and Jan Morat attended from the Club. The Morat’s won second place with their 1973 Carmen-color TR6 Convertible.   Ed is the original owner and bought the car new from Alpine Motors in Fort Lauderdale. The car recently underwent a complete mechanical restoration, done by Club Member Brian Jenkins; but everything else including paint job and seats are original.   Congratulations Ed and Jan on your award and for sharing with us your beautiful car!

Upcoming events of the Gold Coast British Sports Car Club:

It’s not too late to attend our Annual Membership Dinner on Saturday, September 19th at The Atlantis Country Club in Lake Worth. The Club will pay $25.00 each for members and one guest, which is half the cost of dinner, including appetizers and dessert. Check out the dinner selections on our website. All Board positions will be open for election and are also posted on our website. We will also have entertainment provided by “The Singing Sailor.”

On Saturday, October 10th, we will hold a tech session presented by Club Member, Adam Twinley at his garage, Treasure Coast Classics in Stuart, Florida. The Club will provide lunch.   And on Saturday, October 17th, we will meet in Miami Springs to tour the Curtiss Mansion and Gardens. The Curtiss Mansion is on the National Register of Historic Places. After the tour, we will have lunch in the area.

On November 7th, the Club is invited to Wings and Wheels at the North Perry Airport, featuring an aircraft static display, classic car show, kids zone and entertainment. And, on November 21st, we will hold our Broward dinner; details to be announced.

And, save the date for the weekend of December 4th thru the 6th for a weekend trip to Lime Tree Bay Resort, Long Key, Florida. Club Members are entitled to a discount of 15%. If you have any suggestions for outings in the area, please email your ideas to the Club address. The Board Members will be planning a terrific weekend! And on Sunday, December 12th, we will hold our annual Holiday Party. Maureen and Howard Daffner have again graciously offered their home. We will have a gift exchange and participants are asked to bring a dish to share.

Looking ahead to 2016, save the following dates. On January 1st, we will meet at the Dune Deck Café for breakfast for our annual Hangover Run. On Sunday, February 7th, we will hold our 23rd Annual All British Classic Car Show at Royal Palm Place in Boca Raton, Florida. Our honored marques will be the TR3, TR4, TR7 and TR8! And on March 19th, we will again meet at Treetops Park for our annual spring picnic.

For more information on these events and even more upcoming events and Car Club news, please visit our website: www.goldcoastbritcar.com.   In the meantime, happy motoring!

August 2014



ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP DINNER

Contributing Editor: Fran Zeitz
franz@fraserzyachts.com

Photos Courtesy of John Morris, Vice President, West Palm Beach

The Gold Coast British Sports Car Club held our August event at The Blue Anchor Pub.

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Thirty-seven members met for dinner on Saturday, August 9th at 6:00 pm at one of the Club’s popular meeting places. The Blue Anchor Pub is located on Atlantic Avenue in Delray Beach, Florida.
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We enjoyed hand drawn ales and traditional British fare in a pub with a lot of British history. The original Blue Anchor was erected in 1864 in London’s Chancery Lane by William Younger Brewery, and was frequented by patrons including a young William Churchill.
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When the pub was pulled down to make way for a parking lot, the whole outside was dismantled and the 8-foot tall English oak doors, the dark oak paneling and the unique stained glass windows were shipped across the Atlantic in 1996 to the present Blue Anchor location on Atlantic Avenue. The Pub has also seen a bit of infamy as it is said that the Blue Anchor has been haunted by the spirit of a young woman known as Bertha Starkey who was stabbed to death at the bar over a century ago by her jealous seafaring husband after he found her in the arms of another man. April-BA-1
d it is said that she still continues to haunt the Delray Beach location, 4,000 miles away! And according to our waitress, all of these stories “are true”! However, on this night we didn’t see or hear Bertha’s ghost but we did have a delicious meal and good conversation with great friends and British sports car enthusiasts!
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July 2014



JULY EVENTS

Contributing Editor: Fran Zeitz, franz@fraserzyachts.com

Photos Courtesy of John Morris, Vice President, West Palm Beach

The Gold Coast British Sports Car Club held our July event at The Field Irish Pub. Forty-five members and guests met for dinner on July 12th at 6:00 pm at The Field Irish Pub, 3281 Griffin Road, Dania Beach, Florida.
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The Field started off as a cottage and the original fireplace and chimney stack remain as the centerpiece of three snug dining rooms. The surroundings are warm and inviting with vintage books on the walls; and there is a huge old banyan tree in the front of the restaurant. There is also a huge outdoor patio, but the Club’s favorite meeting place is a cozy room on the inside of the pub; and on this night, we actually needed two areas to accommodate everyone.

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